Let Black History Month inspire you to get involved and support PCS by standing up to racism, challenging stereotypes and promoting equality today.
What is Black History Month?
Black History Month (BHM) is an opportunity to focus on the achievements of black people past and present and reflect on our path to race equality.
It started in the USA with a holiday that coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglass. In the US, BHM is celebrated in February but in the UK it takes place in October each year. Since the first UK celebration in 1987 the event has expanded and now encompasses the history of Africa, Caribbean and Asian people who have a direct link with the UK through slavery, colonialism and migration.
2017 is the 30 anniversary of BHM in the UK.
Why support Black History Month?
Black history is often ‘hidden’ – it may have been forgotten about or be absent from history books and the education system. Similarly the role of women, disabled, LGBT and ordinary workers in general is often overlooked in formal history.
Black History Month is an opportunity for all PCS members to remember our history and look to the future, joining together to renew our commitment to race equality. Events can provide an informative and interesting experience for all PCS members and give black members an opportunity to raise awareness of their histories and the challenges their communities have faced.
Organising for Black History Month
Organise your own event in your branch and workplace by using the resources available on this page:
Use the Photo opp cards and send pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check for events in your PCS region / nation.
Let us know what about your event by emailing email@example.com - include pictures if you have them.
Forward any suggestions or ideas for Black History Month to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your local area / get involved / blackhistorymonth.org.uk
PCS salutes those who throughout history have joined together to challenge racism, injustice and exploitation. All our members have a crucial part to play in spreading the message of trade unionism and campaigning collectively for equality, freedom and justice.
The following materials are available for use:
Poster 8942-0917 - A4
"Black History Month: 10 Key Facts"
Photo opp cards 8944-0917
"30 years of BHM - available in Red, Gold and Green"
"Say NO to Racism / Equality Freedom & Justice / Challenging Stereotypes"